What camera should i choose ?

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December 16, 2010 at 05:59:47
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Sony , Canon , other ?

Hi all , im planing to buy a new advanced camera over the internet , i read many posts many reviews nothing helpe me actually , most ppl say " Go test the camera urself in a shop ".

Since im not going to test it , and the lack of reviews about cameras im asking for your experience\help , im not that noob nor that DSLRer , im just going to get an excelent Pictures \ a likely colors , also a clear video , regardless the battery life .

This may help :

I think im near to (( Canon G9 / G10 / G11 / G12 / S5 IS / S95 ))
((Sony DSC-HX5 / DSC-TX9 / DSC-TX900))

I'm ready for around $500 , i was planning to get the ( Sony DSC-HX5 ) till i found a review which full of critics , all of them complain about the battery cover/life , Mic position (Wrong design) , and the colors it supports seem to be not as good as in Canons , although the ratings for the Sony is always better - confused now !

Any help will be welcomed and appreciated in advance ..

Davidson


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#1
December 16, 2010 at 07:58:57
I've been shooting Canons for the last 15 years or so.

If you can stretch your budget a little go with this one: http://www.amazon.com/Canon-T1i-Dig...

The Canon T1i. But you'll have to buy a lens. You can get the extremely sharp Canon 50mm 1.8 for under a $100.

This is a great camera but may bust your budget. But if you think in a year you'll move up, this is good place to start.

If not, you can go with S95.

There are ongoing arguments that have been around since Mathew Brady about which system is better. Nikon, Canon, or even Sony.

I've used many different systems, Minolata, Bronica, Hassleblad, Nikons (about 10 different models) Canons, Yashicas, Rollies and others and all have their points.

At the $500 or less category, you can do almost any of them and have a decent shooter.

I'd stick with Canon or Nikon, but prefer Canon for my own reasons.

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#2
December 18, 2010 at 01:55:38
What a nice cam , really like it , but seems little out of my budget , some ppl told me to get a used one , is that a big deal (something wrong) happen to the cam if its used ?

although , used ones arent that cheaper , i really started to like Canon , but if there any more suggestions more selections would be appreciated too

thanks again


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#3
December 18, 2010 at 05:41:57
The S95 on Amazon is less than $400. If you referring the T1i, then yes, it could be a hard push. I know what it's like to try to stay within a price range.

Let me know if I can help.

Larry

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#4
December 18, 2010 at 12:46:54
Actually , im now addicted to have an SLR one :) , its ok i will wait till i can afford the T1i , but isnt there a Nikon at the same category or something can be in this level at a lower price so i can get faster ?

Waiting for your suggestions ofcourse


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#5
December 18, 2010 at 15:26:22
This Nikon is right on the edge of your price range, but includes a lens.
http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-D3100-D...

There is also the Canon SX10is, but it doesn't have interchangeable lenses, but is still an excellent camera.

I'm not a Nikon guy right now, but they are excellent cameras. Search Amazon and you should find something you can get.

Sorry I don't have more specific recommendations.

Larry

Human beings, vegetables, or cosmic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible player.

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#6
December 19, 2010 at 02:34:09
Fortunately im now ready to buy the T1i , also read lot of reviews which said its an excelent choice with some ( VIDEO / BATTERY / NOISE ) critics.
Anyway im going to have one .

Still my last qustion here is What kind of lens fits me ? If i had to choose .

As i said already , im not that proffesional however i care for a colorful clear shots + clear video if possible , not looking for ( fisheye , long zooms etc ) .

Or a new camera comes with a certain lens by default ?

And is there something i may didnt notice works like a ( Compact - Macro ) in the T1i ?

Davidson


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#7
December 19, 2010 at 06:38:12
A lot of Canons come with what is called a "kit" lens. Usually in the 18-55mm. This a fairly good lens to get you started.

This is actually such a tough question that many people won't touch it. There are different kinds of lenses for different uses. The 18-55 will give you a good range because the T1i is a what they call a cropped sensor camera. So your 18-55mm lens will act like a 28-88mm lens.

This is not an issue for most folks and as you become more experienced ( and richer :)) you can investigate full sensor cameras which are more expensive.

If you find you have to play and are on a limited budget, aren't we all, you can try a Sigma lens which I find are usually quite good and cost less. Most pros use the lens made by the maker of their cameras. Good glass, ( a lens) can cost more than the body but lenses can move from one body to another and are not for the most part affected by the features on the cameras themselves.

One tip, most lenses have a "sweet spot." I shoot all Canon lenses now and have found that F8 gives the best overall performance for sharpness and usable depth of field.

In the old days of film, the greater the depth of field the better the sharpness throughout the picture. Not so with digital cameras. Under certain circumstances, you may need greater or lesser depth of field, but because of the way the sensor, rather than the film, works these days, a mid range F stop usually provides better results.

And of course, just to keep things interesting, a lot of this flies out the window when you're doing macro photography.

So, I haven't really answered your question have I? Well, I can't really. It will depend on you and what you want to shoot. The 18-55 will get you started and should prove to be just fine. As you shoot, look at your shots on your computer. If you are not getting what you want, and it's not because you're not paying attention, then it will be to the boards to seek out the type of lens you want and need.

A general rule of thumb is the more light the lens gathers, say 1.8 as opposed to 4.5, the more versatile it will be. And the more expensive. Really expensive. You'll have to find what you can work with and what your budget will allow and work from there.

Remember, Ansel Adams shot all those great landscape shots with a camera that could almost be outdone a really good cell phone camera now adays.

Shoot and enjoy. And read, read, read the manual. For other than just snap shots, it's critical.

Larry

Human beings, vegetables, or cosmic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible player.

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#8
December 19, 2010 at 08:24:09
Your best place to go to is:
http://www.steves-digicams.com/
They give awesome reviews on all cameras.

Some HELP in posting on Computing.net plus free progs and instructions Cheers


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#9
December 29, 2010 at 13:06:09
Any luck, Mr. Davidson?

The aging process has you firmly in its grasp if you never get the urge to throw a snowball.

- Doug Larson


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#10
December 29, 2010 at 16:18:20
Im still intending to get the ( t1i or t2i ) , i just got real busy this year end , so it'll be by the new year .

Thanks for your concern seawatch , anything u point ur finger will be considered


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#11
December 29, 2010 at 16:57:51
I think you're on a good track right now. Of course, if you get the "bug," there will always be the next model that is just so cool.

It's a sickness.

Larry

The aging process has you firmly in its grasp if you never get the urge to throw a snowball.

- Doug Larson
www.seadreamerphotos.com


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#12
April 4, 2011 at 14:25:07
Did you buy a camera?

Old people don't need companionship. They need to be isolated and studied so it can be determined what nutrients they have that might be extracted for our personal use.

Homer Simpson


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#13
April 19, 2011 at 08:27:43
I think i need to get a binocular instead , due to the stupid sickness of new generation spams.

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#14
April 19, 2011 at 08:28:36
Hi larry , actually i extended my bedget little to reach the $1000.

Everytime i intend to buy , there will be a new generation + talkers which confuse things up , T2i and now the T3i and so on ..

Almost all of them recommend the Alfa 55 , i myself care for the origin of manufacture the reason i dont listen , although almost no one except you recommend the Canon .

regards


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#15
April 19, 2011 at 10:46:33
Mr. Davidson,

May I point you to this site? http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/not...

The person who wrote this worked in Hollywood and is a really great photographer, and while I don't agree with everything he says, his advice to me has been invaluable.

Old people don't need companionship. They need to be isolated and studied so it can be determined what nutrients they have that might be extracted for our personal use.

Homer Simpson


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#16
April 23, 2011 at 12:28:22
I'm not goin to criticise critics asking them to show me a new look of an old thing in a negative way just like theirs using a webcam or even many of nowadays most Point-Shoot cams , cus its useless .

Beside those (criticised) newbies whom im sure many of them buy +$2000 Cams for no reason , while pro's/critics may buy a normal cheap one for a wise reason that i respect and admit my low knowledge about , there are some who looking for real performance knowing the advantages exactly just like those engineers whos their job is developing .

Actually im not ready to be surprised spending a half to a thousand bucks buying crap , i don't care for (The photo of the year) neither for shooting nature at all like those whom criticism was directed to , at least i know my needs from ( sharpness - real high resolution ) to recognise captured ppl faces , or some of my design needs .

Some cams dont live long , some dont do what written , regardless their treatments , im sick of these incorrect specs .

Take a look at most commercial advertisments and judge urself whether remarkable items/things were captured by a good Camera or a good cameraman .

Again , i dont want to re-criticise to support my idea , all what i meant by this thread is (Does this Cam deserves its price?) since i'm new to DSLRs.

Regards larry


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#17
April 23, 2011 at 15:47:30
You're welcome.

I wish you luck and most of all, go and enjoy yourself.

Nothing quite as satisfying as a photo you took that you like.

Old people don't need companionship. They need to be isolated and studied so it can be determined what nutrients they have that might be extracted for our personal use.

Homer Simpson


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#18
May 29, 2011 at 10:05:42
One last word from Ken Rockwell's site:

Every great artist can get what he wants with any sort of tools. He uses the tools he does because they make it easiest for him to get the results he wants. Even with the wrong tools, the result is always what he wants because the artist is driven by what he sees in his mind's eye before the result is rendered in tangible form. The result is always as the artist intends because he keeps working at it until he's done, which means that the final result matches his vision for it.

In photography, that means that no matter what sort of camera you might have, that if you're focusing on the final result, you naturally will figure out how to get there as you go. Let your vision drive you!

Old people don't need companionship. They need to be isolated and studied so it can be determined what nutrients they have that might be extracted for our personal use.

Homer Simpson


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